Former Guelph Catholic priest pleads guilty to two historic sexual assaults

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The Guelph Mercury

25 January 2012

Former Catholic priest James Boudreau arrives Wednesday afternoon at Guelph's Ontario Court of Justice.

Arriving at courtFormer Catholic priest James Boudreau arrives Wednesday afternoon at Guelph’s Ontario Court of Justice.

Scott Tracey, Guelph Mercury

GUELPH — Former Catholic priest James Boudreau admitted Wednesday to sexually assaulting two young men in the 1980s while he served as a pastor in Guelph.

The 68-year-old pleaded guilty in provincial court to assaulting one man, who was 18 in July 1984, and another who was 15 in 1983.

The 18-year-old victim was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic church and would often celebrate his birthday with Boudreau. The pair shared the same birthday.

Court heard the youth was victimized by Boudreau on one of these birthday celebrations, when the pair went back to Boudreau’s home to watch a movie.

The victim reported the sexual assault to Guelph Police in January 2011. After news of the charge was publicized, the second victim came forward.

The second man was 15 when he sought Boudreau’s advice in entering the priesthood. He was sexually assaulted after Boudreau invited him to his home, sometime between May and June 1983, to discuss his interest in the clergy.

Boudreau is to be sentenced on April 13.

2 Responses to Former Guelph Catholic priest pleads guilty to two historic sexual assaults

  1. Chris says:

    Thanks for updating the news about this case, Sylvia. There is a correction to be made in the newspaper article, however, and that involves the age of the first victim. In the paper, it says he was 18, but that is incorrect. He was actually 17 years old. The reporter from the paper was just contacted about the error and she is submitting an alternate article to be posted shortly, I hope.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Thanks Chris. I will keep an eye our for the revised article

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